Buckeyes bounced from both top 25 polls, still receiving votes

After two road losses to lesser competition last week, Thad Matta’s Buckeyes dropped out of both the Associated Press and USA Today top 25 college basketball polls that were released on Monday.

Indiana forward Will Sheehey, left, fouls Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross as Ross goes to the basket in the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Bloomington, Ind. Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

Indiana forward Will Sheehey, left, fouls Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross as Ross goes to the basket in the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Bloomington, Ind. Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

Ohio State fell out of the rankings for the second time this season. The Buckeyes fell from No. 22 after losses to Penn State and Indiana. Ranked 11th in the preseason Top 25, the Buckeyes reached as high as No. 3 after starting the season 15-0. They fell out for one week before appearing in the poll the past three weeks.

This week, Ohio State is receiving votes putting the Buckeyes No. 33 in the AP, and No. 28 in the coaches’ poll.

In the AP, Florida, Wichita State and Arizona are the top three teams for the second straight week. The Gators received 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel and are on a school record 21-game winning streak. The Shockers are No. 2 with 14 first-place votes, while the Wildcats are No. 3 with the other five first-place votes.

Rounding out the top 10 in the AP poll, it’s Duke followed by Virginia, Syracuse, Kansas, Wisconsin and San Diego State.

In the coaches’ poll, Florida is also No. 1 with 25 of the 32 first-place votes followed by No. 2 Wichita State with the other seven first-place ballots. Then it’s Arizona, Duke, Virginia, Villanova, Syracuse, Kansas, Louisville and San Diego State.

Among Big Ten teams in the AP poll, Wisconsin is the highest ranked at No. 9 followed by No. 12 Michigan, No. 22 Michigan State and No. 24 Iowa.

This week, Ohio State’s lone outing is the final regular season contest and final home game for seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. as the Buckeyes take on Michigan State on Sunday. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET, and it will be televised on your local CBS affiliate.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Florida (46) 27-2 1,606
2 Wichita State (14) 31-0 1,555
3 Arizona (5) 27-2 1,514
4 Duke 23-6 1,364
5 Virginia 25-5 1,304
6 Villanova 26-3 1,292
7 Syracuse 26-3 1,240
8 Kansas 22-7 1,200
9 Wisconsin 24-5 1,075
10 San Diego State 25-3 995
11 Louisville 24-5 959
12 Michigan 21-7 899
13 Creighton 23-5 892
14 North Carolina 22-7 755
15 Cincinnati 24-5 737
16 Iowa State 22-6 613
17 Saint Louis 25-4 539
18 Southern Methodist 23-6 427
19 Connecticut 23-6 423
20 Memphis 22-7 364
21 New Mexico 23-5 338
22 Michigan State 22-7 322
23 Oklahoma 21-8 183
24 Iowa 20-9 94
25 Kentucky 21-8 92
Others receiving votes: Texas 70, Virginia Commonwealth 58, UCLA 45, Stephen F. Austin 38, Gonzaga 38, Kansas State 19, Saint Joseph’s 19, Ohio State 17, Green Bay 13, Harvard 7, Massachusetts 5, Arizona State 5, Pittsburgh 2, Colorado 2, Xavier 2, North Carolina Central 1, Southern Miss 1, Oklahoma State 1.

Dropped from rankings: Ohio State 22, Texas 24.

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USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Florida (25) 27-2 793
2 Wichita State (7) 31-0 769
3 Arizona 27-2 741
4 Duke 23-6 672
5 Virginia 25-5 656
6 Villanova 26-3 647
7 Syracuse 26-3 563
8 Kansas 22-7 559
9 Louisville 24-5 548
10 San Diego State 25-3 511
11 Wisconsin 24-5 489
12 Michigan 21-7 455
13 Creighton 23-5 411
14 North Carolina 22-7 352
15 Cincinnati 24-5 351
16 Saint Louis 25-4 293
17 Iowa State 22-6 277
18 Southern Methodist 23-6 185
19 Connecticut 23-6 170
20 Memphis 22-7 160
21 New Mexico 23-5 146
22 Michigan State 22-7 143
23 Oklahoma 21-8 123
24 Kentucky 21-8 106
25 Iowa 20-9 86
Others receiving votes: Texas 50, Kansas State 40, Ohio State 21, UCLA 20, Virginia Commonwealth 19, Gonzaga 10, Stephen F. Austin 9, Pittsburgh 7, Southern Miss 6, Massachusetts 4, Oklahoma State 4, Saint Joseph’s 3, Harvard 1.

Dropped from rankings: Ohio State 20, Texas 23.

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